My sensitive skin diary

Prebiotic skincare. Meet the new generation of dermo-cosmetics.

The use of moisturizers to keep skin soft and hydrated dates back to the earliest days of humankind. From castor oil to beeswax to… leftover candle wax and lard (eugh!), people have been smearing oily substances over their skin for millennia. All of these substances essentially work by forming a waterproof barrier to stop moisture evaporating off the skin.
But that’s only half the story. Your skin needs more than moisture to stay healthy. It needs a fully functioning protective barrier. Its defenses are two-fold: a layer of lipids, and a varied population of beneficial bacteria at its surface. In order to function correctly, your skin needs a healthy, diverse microbiome.

What can I expect from my moisturizer in 2017?

Today, expert dermo-cosmetic formulas take a multi-pronged approach to hydrating skin

  • Emollient agents make skin softer and more pliable by filling the gaps between the dead cells at skin’s surface
  • Humectants act like sponge molecules to capture water and rebalance skin’s protective hydrolipidic film
  • Occlusive substances create a sealed barrier to stop moisture evaporating off the epidermis
  • Prebiotic agents replenish skin’s microbiome to create a further layer of natural defenses.

Modernizing your moisturizer: Prebiotic skincare

The stresses of modern life can deplete skin’s microbiome. Climate, ultraviolet radiation, pollution and lifestyle habits can all influence its composition , leaving skin stripped and more sensitive (stingy, tingly, generally grouchy…sound familiar?). That’s why next-generation skincare is bringing innovative ways of replenishing your skin’s microbiome to the table.

How does it work?

Essentially, prebiotic skincare turns skin into a welcoming and nurturing environment for bacteria. Concretely, that means providing plenty of moisture of course, but also trace elements and nutrients. Here are some ingredients to look out for:

  • Prebiotic thermal water drives the full spectrum of bacterial diversity thanks to rare minerals (Selenium, Strontium…), trace elements and pure MOISTURE.
  • Ceramides simultaneously replenish skin’s physical lipid barrier while providing a source of carbon for bacteria to feed on.1
  • Niacinamide is used in petri dishes to encourage bacterial growth.1 It is also super effective at soothing skin, which is handy since inflammation is associated with dysbiosis (reduced bacterial diversity).1

A modern-day moisturizer should be so much more than a straightforward barrier cream, acting at every level of skin to boost hydration, while supplying carefully calibrated conditions to promote microbial diversity. The result? Your skin is not only soft and hydrated, but also calm and contented too.

1The Role of Cutaneous Microbiota Harmony in Maintaining a Functional Skin Barrier Hilary E. Baldwin1, Neal D. Bhatia2, Adam Friedman3, Richard Martin4, Sophie Seité5